2008 World Series of Poker Ladies’ World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em Event 15

The 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $1 000 Ladies’ World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em Event saw yet another first-time bracelet winner triumph at a World Championship event.

The Ladies’ World Championship event ran from Sunday, 08 June to Tuesday, 10 June at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. An impressive 1 190-strong field took part in the 2008 Ladies’ Main Event, with notable money finishers including Linda Johnson; Olga Varkonyi, whose husband Robert is also a professional poker player; Kathy Liebert; and Evelyn Ng.

With a prize pool of over $1 million, there was plenty at stake as the ladies knuckled down for three days of intense poker at the Ladies’ World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em event.

The final table at Event 15 of the 2008 World Series of Poker was a closely fought affair, with eventual winner Svtlana Gromenkova knocking out a number of her opponents on the way to claiming her maiden World Series of Poker winner’s bracelet, along with a first prize of over $220 000.

Second-placed Anh Le was left disappointed once again, having finished runner-up to Jennifer Tilly in the 2005 WSOP Ladies’ World Championship Event.

The Bracelet Winner

Russian Svetlana Gromenkova has been living in the United States for the past six years pursuing a professional poker career. While she had some impressive performances prior to the 2008 World Series, Gromenkova had never before won a tournament.

She did, however, cash at the 2005 WSOP $1 000 No-Limit Hold’em event, finishing 24th, while she has made a total of 7 final tables since 2005.

Included in these were:

  • A 3rd place in the 2006 Borgata Winter Open $500 Limit Hold’em event on the World Poker Tour (WPT)
  • Third and 2nd place finishes at the 2007 Legends of Poker in Los Angeles
  • Seventh at the $9 700 No-Limit Hold’em Championship Event at the 2007 United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City, for which she won almost $32 000.

Following her victory at the Ladies’ World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em Event 15, Gromenkova cashed again at the 2008 WSOP when she finished 79th at the $1 500 H.O.R.S.E. event.

The Final Table at the Ladies’ World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em Event 15

  1. Svetlana Gromenkova – $224 702
  2. Anh Le – $144 567
  3. Patricia Till – $73 637
  4. Christine Priday – $67 715
  5. Marla Crumpler – $60 101
  6. Debbie Mitchell – $47 106
  7. Roslyn Quarto – $36 277
  8. Vesenia Garcia – $28 155
  9. Sue Porter – $20 034